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A Brief History of Video Game Title Design

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Here's a supercut featuring the title screens from 35 video games. While I remember many of these (The Legend of Zelda, the Mario Bros. arcade version, Katamari Damacy...), a lot of them are new to me because they either came out on consoles I didn't have, or are PC games I simply missed. If you're into video games, set aside two minutes for some gaming nostalgia -- and see how many you recognize:

A Brief History of Video Game Title Design from Art of the Title on Vimeo.

Here's the complete list of games included:

Donkey Kong (1981)
Ms. Pac-Man (1982)
Mario Bros. (1983)
Atari’s Star Wars (1983)
The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Mega Man 2 (1988)
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990)
Last Ninja 3 (1991)
Day of the Tentacle (1993)
Final Fantasy VI (1994)
Full Throttle (1995)
Metal Gear Solid (1997)
Half-Life (1998)
Fallout 2 (1998)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (2002)
Resident Evil: Outbreak (2003)
Katamari Damacy (2004)
BioShock (2007)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
Braid (2008)
Mirror's Edge (2008)
Kill Zone 2 (2009)
Borderlands (2009)
God of War 3 (2010)
Super Meat Boy (2010)
Red Dead Redemption (2010)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (2011)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011)
L.A. Noire (2011)
Fez (2012)
Tomb Raider (2013)
Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
BioShock Infinite (2013)
The Last of Us (2013)

And if that's not retro enough for you, here's the NES Duck Tales music (if you want to see someone play through the whole game, cancel your lunch plans):

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In 2017, misinformation is easier than ever to access. During the 2016 election, scammers—including hordes of Macedonian teens—raked in serious money by churning out deliberately fake stories about U.S. politics, with a very real impact. In a December 2016 Pew Research Center survey, 64 percent of U.S. adults said that fabricated news was sowing "a great deal of confusion" about current events.

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The game is harder than you’d expect, even if you think of yourself as fairly well-informed. As research has found, viral stories require two things: limited attention spans and a network already overwhelmed with information. In other words, our daily Internet lives. The more information we try to handle at one time, the more likely it is that we’ll fall for fake news.

Scientists found in a recent study that warning people that political groups try to spread misinformation about certain issues (like climate change) can help people sort through dubious claims. While that’s good to remember, it’s not always useful in real-life situations. It certainly won’t help you win this game.

One of the reasons Fake News is so hard, even if you keep abreast of everyday news, is that it doesn’t tell you where the headlines are from. Checking the source is often the easiest way to determine the veracity of a story—although it’s not a foolproof system.

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Update: The game is available for iOS here.

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